If you are starting a new dental practice, expanding your sites or acquiring more units, our radiation safety specialists can assist with all radiation management licence requirements. This includes shielding assessments, personal radiation monitoring advice and general radiation safety advice
A radiation use licence authorises the holder to use specified types of radiation sources for a specified purpose, such as ionising radiation apparatus, radioactive material or sealed sources. Our radiation safety specialists can assist individuals to obtain radiation use licences. We can also assist institutions in reviewing the staff radiation use licences to ensure all practices are within the licence conditions. We can also provide a fully managed services to notify you and your staff when their licence is due to expire. This ensures that there is never a lapse in a licence.
RADIATION SAFETY AND MANAGEMENT PLANS
A radiation management plan provides an institution with requirements and best practice advice to ensure all staff and visitors are safe around the use of radiation. Our radiation safety specialists can review your radiation management plan and provide advice and recommendations for improvement and implementation. Or, we can work with you to develop a radiation management plan from scratch to suit your workplace.
CODE OF PRACTICE
It is a requirement to comply with the ARPANSA Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in Dentistry (2005). Our radiation safety specialists can conduct a radiation safety audit against the Code. Our services include providing recommendations for improvement as well as working with you and your team to ensure your facility has the best practice
RADIATION SHIELDING DESIGN
Our medical physicists can complete a radiation shielding design for new facilities or when you are replacing a unit to ensure that all your staff, patients and visitors are safe. We can also determine the existing shielding at your practice and assist with licencing your practice.
From imaging the wrong patient or pregnant patients to abnormal personal radiation monitoring results, we can complete a radiation dose assessment and provide advice on regulatory reporting requirements and patient follow-up.
PERSONAL RADIATION MONITORING
Do you or your staff have concerns with your personal radiation monitoring? Our radiation safety specialists can review your staff radiation dose history and investigate any abnormal exposures. We can also advise on who should be allocated a personal radiation monitor and who does not need one with the reasons why.
Regulatory reporting is required in a number of instances. From imaging the wrong patient or pregnant patients to abnormal personal radiation monitoring results, we can assist in completing dosimetry and investigation into the event to improve your radiation practice.
QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAMS
Are you a practice that strives for best practice? Quality control (QC) programs can ensure that your team are always aware that your units are working optimally and identify any potential issues prior to it impacting clinical images. Our medical physicists can facilitate implementing a QC program tailored for your practice. We can also provide ongoing support for questions and provide advice when an issue is identified.
Our medical physicists can complete a comprehensive list of radiation safety tests to ensure all of your units are working safely and optimally.
RADIATION SAFETY ADVICE
Do you have a specific radiation safety question? We are available to provide general radiation safety advice for you and your practice.
Do you have a pregnant staff member who is concerned about radiation? We can provide advice to pregnant staff working with and around radiation.
RADIATION SAFETY EDUCATION
Our radiation safety specialists can provide a tailor-made radiation safety education for a range of professions. We provide radiation safety education for nurses, doctors, cleaners, admin staff, allied health and any other health professional.
Are your lead aprons appropriate for your practice? Do your staff need lead glasses? Are you providing personal radiation monitors to the right people? We can assess your current practice and provide advice to optimise radiation safety for you and your staff.
Our medical physicists can work with you and your team to review your protocols to improve image quality and radiation dose to optimise your protocols and patient outcomes.
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